Bevo's Daily Roundup - May 11, 2010

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Horns_bullet_mediumLost Lettermen has the Not Top 10 Moments of the College Season. A couple of Texas games made the list.

 

Horns_bullet_medium  The Horns are still No. 2.

One winning streak ended, another began and the Texas baseball team won the Big 12 regular-season championship last weekend.

Through it all, the Longhorns (41-8) remained the No. 2-ranked team in the country, according to Baseball America.

Texas stayed behind No. 1 Virginia (40-9), which did not play last weekend.

 

Horns_bullet_medium  Texas reaches 10-20-40 milestone.

The University of Texas Men's Athletics program reached an impressive milestone with the baseball team's 17-2 win at Kansas State on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the baseball team reached the 40-win plateau.

Coupled with the success of the football and men's basketball programs, it marked the eighth time in the last nine years that UT has had its football team record at least 10 wins, its men's basketball team post at least 20 victories and its baseball team record at least 40 wins.

 

Horns_bullet_medium Texas saved the Big Eight.

Not sure if it's mistrust or outright envy, but Texas saved the Big Eight schools every bit as much as the other way around. They needed each other. And Texas wants to stay in the Big 12 — why wouldn't it? — which is more than can be said for Missouri and apparently Nebraska.

I really don't think the Big Ten wants Nebraska, which would bring a major football name that has drastically slipped (read: Bill Callahan) and would come without many TV sets, and so-so basketball and baseball programs. But it is all about football and TV revenue.

 

Horns_bullet_medium  For Sooner Jamell Fleming, patience has paid off.

The junior cornerback from Arlington, Texas, has excelled on special teams — he led the Sooners in special teams tackles in 2008, and was second in 2009.

But Fleming has had to wait four years for a chance at a starting role.

That chance has finally come.

 

Horns_bullet_medium  Nebraska denies everything.

Citing multiple sources, the station is reporting that the Big Ten has "extended initial offers" to four schools. Among them: Missouri and Nebraska, along with Rutgers and Notre Dame. Depending on whether Notre Dame accepts, the Big Ten could go to 14 or 16 teams.

"The University of Nebraska has not been offered any opportunity to move from the Big 12. We remain committed to the success of the Big 12 Conference. Until the Big Ten Conference makes and announces its decision on expansion, the University of Nebraska will have no further comment and we do not intend to continue to respond further to questions or speculations on this subject."

 

Horns_bullet_medium  Big 12 Commish Dan Beebe hasn't heard anything.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany had promised to notify any conference whose teams might be receiving offers. So far, Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe has not been contacted by anyone at the Big Ten regarding an offer to a member school, league spokesman Bob Burda told me this afternoon.

 

Horns_bullet_medium  No one is talking.

Mizzou to the Big Ten? Maybe, someday. Maybe six months from now, but not on Monday. At least that was the look of it as we, the media, reacted to a report that Missouri was among four schools "extended initial offers" to join the Big Ten.

In what has become the latest exercise of media tail-chasing, the day was spent vetting the validity of the report from Kansas City radio station WHB. The station intimated that Missouri, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Rutgers are The Ones, the long-awaited new members of the Big Ten.

It's a great story, Big Ten expansion, without many solid leads. At this point, no one can be wrong and -- if you pick the right combination of schools -- everybody can be right. It's Big Ten Keno.

 

Horns_bullet_medium  What about that Big 12 network everyone talked about?

I asked Weiberg just how seriously the Big 12 considered forming its own network during his time with the conference. He was commissioner from December 1998 to July 2007.

"I felt like it was seriously evaluated the last year I worked there," he said. "It was one of the options we gave a very hard look at as we were negotiating with ABC and ESPN on an extension for our media deal. We gave it a pretty thorough financial evaluation. We listened to a variety of companies that were interested in partnering on it. It was, I think, pretty thoroughly vetted at the time."

 

Horns_bullet_medium  Missouri. Big 12 vs. the Big 10 in chart form.

 

Horns_bullet_mediumHere's how to start your own Big 10 expansion rumor.

Do you have a reporter's phone number? Do you know him to be alarmingly credulous regarding unreliable information? You do? Then you have everything you need to start a completely bogus Big Ten expansion rumor!


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